Race Weekend Central

Happiness Is… Wussies, A Weekend Off & Martinsville

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(Photo: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

A lot of attention is being focused on the state of Indiana recently, and that’s not just because the NCAA Men’s Final Four and championship will be taking place there this upcoming weekend. Nor is it because the Rolling Stones announced they would be playing Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4, though the track does …

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Open-Wheel Wednesday: Juan Pablo Montoya is Back

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Photo Credit: Chris Jones

A quick note before getting into any kind of discussion about the season opening IndyCar race. While this column may attempt to bring some humor to the sport, I recognize first that a woman attending the race suffered injuries from debris from one of the cars. The reports are that Brigitte Hofstetter is in stable …

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Sebastian Vettel Wins 2015 Malaysia Grand Prix

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Photo Credit: Actusports.fr

In just his second race since joining Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel earned a surprising win at the Malaysia Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton finished second with his teammate Nico Rosberg taking third. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen had the drive of the race and crossed the line in fourth. Williams’s Valtteri Bottas earned the fifth spot upon his return from a back injury. …

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Slipstream Saturday: 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix Preview

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

The second round of the Formula 1 season gets written this weekend as the series visits the Sepang track for the Malaysian Grand Prix. There’s been a spate of news in the interim since Australia, with perhaps the most notable being that there will be no German Grand Prix on the calendar this year. That …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

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It seems like it has been quite some time since the IndyCar Series was ripping around the track. Oh, that’s right, it has. The end of the 2014 season came on Aug. 30, which means that nearly seven months have passed since it ran competitive laps. Sure, they’ve been testing, but that’s quite the layoff. …

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Happiness Is… Saving Ducats, Starting & Resuming

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Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images

Not quite the easy week to write about NASCAR and offer anything that resembles happiness, right? Let’s look back at the on-track festivities real quick. The Xfinity Series had all the heart-stopping action that accompanies watching mold grow as another Cup driver stunk up the show and walked off with the check. Kevin Harvick tried …

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Slipstream Saturday: Melbourne in the Rear View; News

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(Photo Credit: Red Bull Racing)

The debut of the Formula 1 season in Melbourne may have been a bit of a dud in terms of overall competition but it did give a snapshot as to where everyone is at the moment and a forecast for what to expect the rest of the season. The obvious realization is that Mercedes has …

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Happiness Is… Hot Dogs, Pyrrhic Victory & Keloorah

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(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. © 2014)

Well, Phoenix was fun… or something. Before the weekend started, Happiness Is wondered if Kevin Harvick would just sweep everything, leaving the only question as to whether his car and crew would hold up. As far as Sprint Cup goes, he did just that and with little in the way of drama, though NASCAR tried …

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Slipstream Saturday: Looking to Melbourne

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Frontstretch will be expanding its Formula 1 coverage this year. Look for more regular columns covering the sport.   Formula 1 has gotten its season started this weekend in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. There’s all kinds of different stories as things get going, so here’s a recap and preview for the opener. What’s News To begin, …

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Happiness Is… Competition Cautions, Confusion & Consistency

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(Credit: CIA Stock Photography)

Ah, NASCAR.  All professional sports that receive any modicum of attention get to enjoy their tales being played out in the media.  That’s part of the reason that we all pay attention.  This idea isn’t new.  One of the reasons that baseball fascinated people was the offseason, which is how the phrase ‘hot stove’ came …

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Slipstream Saturday: The F1 Offseason is Nearly Over

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Frontstretch will be bringing more Formula 1 coverage this season.  Here is the beginning with a look towards the season opener in Australia. Last season Lewis Hamilton drove the dominant Mercedes to the title facing his best competition from his teammate Nico Rosberg.  The Mercedes was so stout that the third-place driver, Daniel Ricciardo, finished …

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Happiness Is… The Rules Package, Safety & Las Vegas

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(CIA Stock Photo, Inc. © 2014)

The small crowd this past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway should not be too much of a surprise.  In many ways, it should have been expected.  The track has faced difficulty filling its stands for a few years now, and being given a race date with unpredictable weather offered no favors. So what is going …

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